Fun in the snow!

Today we have had lots of fun in the snow!  We talked about how we had to wrap up warm and the types of warm clothing we had brought into pre-school to wear outside.

The children (and grown ups!!) had lots of fun making snowballs and throwing them at one another, our new grass area was a fantastic, safe place to do this and offered the chance for some children to roll around, make snow angels and slide on their tummies in the snow.  When it was time to come in, we were very proud of how the children tried to find their shoes before taking welly boots off, so they didn’t get wet socks!

Severe weather!

Hi all
Looking at current weather forecasts for the week we thought it might be a good idea to remind you that if the weather turns very bad we will obviously strive to remain open.
However, if the weather is very severe and we have concerns about children/staff safety travelling to or from Pre-school, we may have to make the decision to close.
Additionally, during such times, if Sir Robert Hitcham Primary School is closed due to severe weather, then we too will also be closed.
Please be assured, that we will update our website and contact families at the earliest opportunity should we have to make the decision to close pre-school.
Could we take this opportunity to remind you that children are given the choice to play outside even in the snow, therefore, please could you send lots of warm clothes especially coats, gloves and hats along with a spare change of clothes in case they get wet whilst playing in the garden.
Thank you for your help!

Revised payment policy for all parents – February 2018

You may be aware that we review our policies on an annual basis and a copy of this document is available for you to view on the pre-school’s website or as a hard copy in the cabin.

The committee have recently reviewed the payment policy and made some small amendments that we would like to draw your attention to. This now includes some new procedures relating to the new government initiative called ‘30 hours funding’.

Please be assured that there are no changes to the prices of the sessions, but an addition relating to claiming for the 30 hours entitlement.

Please find the Revised Payment Policy  by choosing the ‘Why Choose Us’ tab and clicking onto OUR POLICIES. You will then see a link ‘Revised payment policy printed for all parents – February 2018’ this will open the policy when you click onto it.

We will have a separate copy on the parent board, above the pegs where the children hang their coats up if you would like to read it.
If you have any queries, then please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Phaup, Chairperson or the staff.

Bug Hunt Area

The children have had fun this week on our Bug Hunt Area, finding caterpillars, spiders, snails etc and marking them off on printed charts. There has been lots of extended play – the bugs found their way into play-dough where the children could study prints/impressions from the bugs, counting legs and noticing differences.

As mentioned in a previous blog, the children have been busy decorating the Bug Area too with their wonderful masterpieces – now dry and on display and I have to say it looks amazing! 🙂



The children are making excellent use of the astro turf area. Today they utilised the space to create a race track using large plastic piping.  I observed the group of children talking about their ideas with each other and showing their excitement by jumping up and down! One child said “This is the best ever!”

It reminded me of an article I read in Nursery World ‘Creativity in the Construction Area’ – creativity isn’t just about painting and music it is about thinking imaginatively, being resourceful and seeing potential for imaginative play in everyday objects.

Through creativity children begin to make sense of their world, to connect with others and to develop an inner strength that will help them to deal with life’s many challenges.

Painting bugs to decorate pre-school

This term we have turned the themed corner into a bug hunt investigation area!  We have already had lots of fun digging for all sorts of small animals and used magnifying glasses and small pots to look closely at our findings.

This afternoon the children have been very brave and creative and made some pictures of small insects to help decorate our pre-school. They studied ladybirds, grasshoppers, spiders, beetles, ladybirds and caterpillars, we talked about the shapes of the bodies, if they had legs and what colour they were.

The children then chose one and tried really hard to paint it all by themselves, making sure they used the right colours and thinking about the sorts of shapes they needed to paint .  We have had some wonderful masterpieces which we are all very proud of!  The pictures are currently drying and will be on display in a couple of days.

Chinese New Year

Gōng xǐ fā cái  – A Chinese greeting  to wish wealth and prosperity! To finish our week of Chinese New Year the children enjoyed noodles at snack time. It gave them the opportunity to try something new while sitting with their friends and chatting together.

We wish you a happy and safe half term week!  See you back on Monday 19th February  🙂

Marble Painting

Today the children spent time with a painting activity, rolling marbles in paint. With our Chinese theme in mind, we looked at pictures and talked about which colours  we could use. The children noticed that red and gold were prominent colours when celebrating Chinese New Year.

They had fun rolling, tipping and shaking, listening to the sounds the marbles made in the tin and also noticing changes and patterns on their paper.

Chinese Writing

Throughout the day we have been learning about Chinese New Year and how this is a special celebration for some families across the world.  We have looked at our globe to see where we live and also where China is and we talked about how we long it might take us to get there in an aeroplane!   In PE we had a simplified version of the story behind Chinese New Year and learned about the twelve different animals that each year is named after.  We then moved in different ways like some of the animals.

This afternoon, we looked at some Chinese writing and noticed that it looks quite different to ours.  We talked about some of the colours that are considered lucky and we had a go at copying some of the Chinese script.

Tomorrow, we are making our own vegetable spring rolls to take home.